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Bordeaux as a centre for knowledge and innovation

As the second most attractive city in France (after Lyons) in terms of business location * and as the first French city for real estate investment (ahead of Nantes, Toulon and Paris)**, Bordeaux has collected the benefits of its deep changes.

A virtuous circle triggered by the first urban planning project which back in 1995 set the foundations for a metropolis of European range. Today, the city is ready to welcome in the best conditions the 100000 people more expected by 2030.

Today Bordeaux shows a face that is both transformed and faithful to its DNA.

Through the dynamism of its regional excellence sectors and word-scale clusters, the renowned fertility of its research and higher education centre, and a strong presence in innovative industries as well as high added-value markets, Bordeaux has carried on with its spirit of adventure and conquest which historically made this sea and river-based city into an open and thriving place.

Moreover, with its leading position for green job creation in France, its anticipative attention to sustainable development issues and its challenging ambition of making cultural pluralism the cornerstone of social cohesion, Bordeaux, the world capital of wine, the champion of gastronomy and the largest urban ensemble ever to be distinguished by UNESCO, has maintained that lifestyle and progress are inseparable.

Like the future emblematic “Cité des civilisations du vin” – combining tourism, economy, culture and international influence –, the many great structuring projects emerging in the Bordeaux landscape are both illustrating and fuelling local entrepreneurship and visions of the future throughout all human fields.

*Source: CSA poll for BGI, 2012, with 305 foreign business owners.
** source: Explorimmoneuf, May 2012

They have dared Bordeaux…